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Jessabelle (2014)

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Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

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Kevin Greutert

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Snook ... Jessie
Joelle Carter ... Kate
Mark Webber ... Preston
David Andrews ... Leon
Ana de la Reguera ... Rosaura
Amber Stevens West ... Dead Girl (as Amber Stevens)
Chris Ellis ... Sheriff Pruitt
Brian Hallisay ... Mark
Vaughn Wilson Vaughn Wilson ... Moses
Larisa Oleynik ... Sam
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Mrs. Davis
Paul Garrett Paul Garrett ... Christophe
Barbara Weetman ... Nurse
Jason Davis ... Surgeon
Lucius Baston ... Mr. Woods
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Storyline

Jessabelle "Jessie" Laurent is pregnant and accepts to move to the house of her boyfriend to raise a family of their own. However they have a car accident where her boyfriend and her baby die. Jessie is seriously wounded and trapped to a wheelchair, and the direction of the hospital asks her to contact her estranged father to help her. Leon Laurent brings his daughter to his house in Louisiana and lodges her in her mother's room. Jessie snoops around the room and finds a videotape where her mother Kate Laurent is pregnant and reads tarot cards to her. She tells that Jessie would never left Louisiana; she is attracted by water; and another woman wants her out of the house. However Leon arrives and destroys the tape. On the next morning, Jessie watches another videotape when her father is out of the house, and her mother talks about the man that had taught her to read cards, Moses. Jessie is haunted by the ghost of a woman and her father discovers the two other videotapes she has hidden... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Hear you scream. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Mansun Transistor radio featured in the film is now owned by a huge fan of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jessabelle's father picks her up and takes her to his home, the father pushes a large hutch out from in front of the room's door - suggesting that he shut the room up when her mother (Dad's wife) died early in her life. The bed coverings would be decades dirty as well as everything in the room. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sheriff Pruitt: Miss Laurent, are you all right? Miss Laurent!
Jessie: It's Jessabelle.
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Crazy Credits

We will cast a shadow over you that can't be distinguished from Fate. - "Legends of Haiti" See more »

Connections

Referenced in On Cinema: 'The November Man' and 'Jessabelle' (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Upper Peninsula
Written and Performed by Sufjan Stevens
Courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty Records
By Arrangement with Mixtape Music
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Southern Gothic is still alive and well.
24 November 2015 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Jessabelle. If you are partial to a sweaty, swampy, bayou ghost story then it's likely that you will enjoy yourself with the movie as well.

The story benefits from unraveling slowly and leaving some mystery about what's really happening until the very end. After a terrible accident leaves her reliant on a wheelchair, a woman is forced to move back to her family home in the Louisiana swamp with her estranged father. She finds that there are more than just emotional ghosts waiting for her in that lonely house. As far as modern horror goes, this isn't an overly violent or gory film. There are a few jump scares sprinkled throughout, but most of the time Jessabelle relies on building discomfort and unease through glimpses of figures that shouldn't be there, ominous sounds, and unnatural events among the oppressive bayou gloom. That makes it more unnerving when moments of extreme violence do come.

The end of the movie was a highlight for me, especially since many horror movies tend to fall apart in the last act. The closing events actually make sense within the context of the story and bring closure. The only real problem I had with the movie was that the resolution was fairly similar to another movie in the genre. That didn't ruin Jessabelle by any means, but the ending was so familiar that I won't mention the name of the other movie that I'm thinking of because anyone who has seen it will instantly have a fairly accurate idea of how Jessabelle concludes.

I recommend Jessabelle to anyone with an affinity for this type of horror - where atmosphere, mystery, and story take the lead over lots of action and mayhem.


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